Tzvi Szajnbrum
To ease the immigration and absorption process for Olim

Do you need to change glasses? You may need to

“When you’re down and troubled
And you need a helping hand
And nothing, nothing is going right
Close your eyes and think of me
And soon I will be there
To brighten up even your darkest night”

by Carole King

You need to read the lyrics correctly “When you’re down and troubled and nothing, nothing is going right” – believe me there is nothing always completely wrong, sometimes things looks all bad and wrong but in spite of how we feel there is always a bright side – it is up to you to find it.

An old Jewish story:

A poor man lived with his wife and six children in a very small one-room house. They were always getting in each other’s way and there was so little space they could hardly breathe!

Finally, the man could stand it no more. He talked to his wife and asked her what to do. “Go see the rabbi,” she told him, and after arguing a while, he went. The rabbi greeted him and said, “I see something is troubling you. Whatever it is, you can tell me.”

And so, the poor man told the rabbi how miserable things were at home with him, his wife, and the six children all eating and living and sleeping in one room. The poor man told the rabbi, “We’re even starting to yell and fight with each other.

Life couldn’t be worse.” The rabbi thought very deeply about the poor man’s problem. Then he said, “Do exactly as I tell you and things will get better. Do you promise?” “I promise,” the poor man said. The rabbi then asked the poor man a strange question. “Do you own any animals?” “Yes,” he said. “I have one cow, one goat, and some chickens.” “Good,” the rabbi said. “When you get home, take all the animals into your house to live with you.”

The poor man was astonished to hear this advice from the rabbi, but he had promised to do exactly what the rabbi said. So, he went home and took all the farm animals into the tiny one-room house. The next day the poor man ran back to see the rabbi. “What have you done to me, Rabbi?” he cried. “It’s awful. I did what you told me, and the animals are all over the house! Rabbi, help me!” The rabbi listened and said calmly, “Now go home and take the chickens back outside.”

The poor man did as the rabbi said but hurried back again the next day. “The chickens are gone, but Rabbi, the goat!” he moaned. “The goat is smashing up all the furniture and eating everything in sight!” The good rabbi said, “Go home and remove the goat and may God bless you.” So, the poor man went home and took the goat outside.

But he ran back again to see the rabbi, crying and wailing. “What a nightmare you have brought to my house, Rabbi! With the cow it’s like living in a stable! Can human beings live with an animal like this?” The rabbi said sweetly, “My friend, you are right. May God bless you. Go home now and take the cow out of your house.” And the poor man went quickly home and took the cow out of the house. The next day he came running back to the rabbi again. “O Rabbi,” he said with a big smile on his face, “we have such a good life now. The animals are all out of the house. The house is so quiet, and we’ve got room to spare! What a joy!” Bringing It Home

Author unknown for sure – written by Aaron Zerah

A lesson to learn

How ironic it is to read what Helen Keller says about life and how to “see life”: “Life is a daring adventure or nothing at all.”

Helen Keller was an American author, political activist, lecturer and the first deaf and blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree.

Despite the objective difficulties she overcame the adversity of being blind and deaf, Keller stood as a powerful example of how determination, hard work, and imagination can allow an individual to triumph over adversity by overcoming difficult conditions with a great deal of persistence.

It is all about our perception – Our perception

We all need new glasses once in a while, and to remember that we cannot change the events but only how we react to them. As one of the greatest inspires, coach Lou Holtz has said: “Life is ten percent what happens to you and ninety percent how you respond to it.”

By changing our perception, we are able to endure difficult times and enjoy a better life.

About the Author
Passionate about helping new immigrants, Tzvi Szajnbrum, Attorney at Law and Notary, founded the Voleh Organization, through which he and a team of volunteers provide “pro-bono” guidance to English speaking new immigrants, helping to ensure their successful integration into Israeli Society. As a former officer in the Israeli army, Tzvi is also able to help lead new immigrants in the right direction regarding the IDF. CEO of The Szajnbrum Group
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